Hong Kong: The coup in Myanmar has put the younger generation in trouble, indulging in rumors of arrests on social media, and weighing whether to fight the army on the street.
Since the Dawn Army raid on Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi and her senior government officials have been detained. Since then, the fledgling democracy has suddenly become angry and behind closed doors.
A generation is too young to remember the last military takeover. They said that without a clear signal from the country’s deposed leaders, or without the guidance of civil war veterans, they are unlikely to confront the troops that are now patrolling the streets.
Ai said: “We are prepared, angry, and anxious.”
She added that what happened next “needs someone who can lead.”
Aye and another Burmese youth who was in social conversation with France-New Zealand demanded to keep their real names due to fear of retaliation.
She was born in 1988, a year when protests against the country’s military leadership erupted across the country, which eventually led to thousands of lives lost in relentless repression.
The rally may have failed to overthrow the military government, but it triggered the country’s most famous dissidents, including Suu Kyi, who quickly received international attention due to resistance.
The Nobel Prize winner spent his years under house arrest, while Ai grew up in a refugee camp.
She moved back to Myanmar in the same year that Suu Kyi’s party gained power in 2015, but she believes that Yangon has shaken the nation’s democratic prospects, and “Yangon” completely destroyed the future of Yangon’s business.
Instead, she stores food, water and other necessities with her friend Ko Ko, and the two intend to use the storefront as a refuge for close friends in case they are arrested or bleed.
Ko Ko, 22, said he has been in a daze since he woke up on Monday and heard his neighbors in Yangon listen to the emergency broadcast announcing the coup.
He told AFP: “Now, everyone knows that this is not the time to protest.” He said that while he and his neighbors were frantically trying to withdraw their savings, he had focused more on queuing at the bank for nearly an hour.